This first week was spent:
- Wrapping my head around my decision to take on GORUCK Selection
- Compiling some semblance of a plan
- Connecting and communicating with cadre, past selection candidates, and actual Special Forces soldiers
Nailing physical training performance standards
Last Selection class start with 83 candidates, and 52 failed the initial PT (physical training) performance standard testing, and thus were sent home, BEFORE the Selection event even started.
This left only 31 Selection candidates.
I will not be that person.
The minimum standard is 55 strict push-ups in 2:00, 65 strict sit-ups in 2:00, a 5-mile run in under 40:00 (7:59/miles), and 3:30:00 45 lb, ruck run.
But, its been pounded into my head, “don’t even think of showing up to selection with only the performance standard in the bank.” Instead, be ready with 80 push-ups, and 100 sit-ups, and a 34:00 5-miler.
I need a plan.
The beginnings of a plan
First, I am lacking incredibly in the ability to knock-out the necessary, STRICT, push-ups and sit-ups. To the right, in the top right rail of this page, I will keep a log of every time I shoot for testing, usually going to be once a week., or 10 days, or so.
The goal: 100 push-ups, 110 sit-ups.
In the meantime, I will be following the Navy Seals BUD/S Training Guide.
As supplementary training, I will continue functional training activities and sports designed to make me a better bodyweight athlete as I have a slew of challenging goals for 2015 such as Catamount games (Jan.), Survival Race Nicaragua (Feb.) and American Ninja Warrior (May). This includes:
- Indoor rock-climbing
- Obstacle course racing
- Ninja obstacle training
- Bar movements, and gymnastics
- Some weight training – perhaps some CrossFit, but not sure, yet.
CrossFit simply requires too much recovery since all WODs are performed at max effort. My initial thoughts are that, while I love the methodology for GPP (general physical preparedness), it’s simply not specialized enough for my current goals. That may change…
My biggest nemesis, my bodyweight.
What do you think about this training focus?
Am I on the right track?
Would you do it differently?